Role of hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT) in sudden hearing loss

Question: I recently developed sudden hearing loss in my left ear. Is there a role for hyperbaric oxygen? Answer: An article in the 2012 May-June issue of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal published that idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSHL) is the newest indication approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee. There...

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Haze and sinus problems

Haze and sinus problems

Question: Does the current bad haze problem in Singapore affect my sinus problem? What can I do about it? Answer: I always see more of my patients with chronic sinusitis come in with exacerbation of symptoms during periods with bad haze. This includes those who have had surgery and have been very stable for a long time. I suppose it does not help that their sinuses have been opened surgically to...

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Frequent nose bleeds

Question: Is it normal for the nose to bleed often? Is it a tell-tale sign of something serious? Answer: It depends on whether this occurs in children or adults. Nose bleeds may be quite common in children and may not be very serious but is certainly not normal. The commonest cause for nose bleeds in children are from prominent vessels at the front of the nose on the nasal septum in the middle of...

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Natural remedies for ‘sinus’ problems

Question: I seem to have a sinus problem that comes & goes often. Aside from the nose spray that is prescribed by doctors, are there any natural remedies that can help? Answer: Using a seawater spray will help with natural decongestion. The Indians use a neti pot with salt water to achieve basically the same effect. The other natural remedy is to identify the underlying allergen and to avoid...

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Prolonged dizziness

Question: I have inner ear inflammation about 3 weeks ago. It recovered but after that the dizziness came back again. I was prescribed with only non-dizziness pill. Is it normal for the inflammation to last this long? Answer: Inflammation can last several weeks but sometimes, it may not be the inflammation itself but failure to compensate for weakness in one ear after the inflammation....

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What is acute sinusitis?

Question: What is acute sinusitis? Answer: The sinuses are pockets of air in our facial and skull bones next to the nose. We have the maxillary sinuses in our cheek bones at birth and as we grow and our heads enlarge, more of these pockets form – the frontal sinuses in our foreheads, ethmoidal sinuses between our eyes and the sphenoid sinuses right at the back of the nose. The adult head...

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